Sickle-cell disease and the kidney

G R Serjeant

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Sickle-cell disease and the kidney

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The vasa rectae system of the renal medulla is uniquely conducive to sickling, which leads to vascular damage and tubular dysfunction, including an inability to concentrate the urine. Renal presentations include nocturnal enuresis, haematuria (thought to be due to ischaemic lesions of the papillae, including papillary necrosis), and gradually progressive chronic renal failure, which is an important cause of morbidity and death in patients with homozygous sickle-cell disease over the age of 40 years....

Chapter.  1266 words. 

Subjects: Nephrology

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